The purpose of Friends of the Carmel Valley Library is to maintain an association of persons interested in the Carmel Valley branch library; to foster community participation in, support for, and cooperation with the library in developing library services and facilities of the community, and to solicit and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests.
The Big Idea
Friends of Carmel Valley Library understands the importance of access to books and community events. They work hard with the Carmel Valley branch of Monterey County Free Libraries to provide books, equipment and programming available to the entire community. While rent for the building and salaries are paid by local taxes, it’s difficult for the library to finance anything extra to support its patrons. This is where Friends of the Carmel Valley Library comes in, raising funds for material needs, physical enhancements and programming, such as STEM programming for children. The nonprofit looks to support librarians whenever they have an idea that will benefit the community.
I have been on staff at Carmel Valley Branch for over twenty years. I have experienced many supportive efforts from the Friends. FOCVL has helped the library in many ways. They have covered the cost of new books and magazines. They have purchased equipment, supplies and refreshments for various programs like the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, featured on local news. As part of the Program, FOCVL donated a quality telescope. They support programs, such as the monthly Maker-space Fair where families can work on a variety of hands-on art & craft projects as well as STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics]. FOCVL has performed many kindnesses to make the Carmel Valley Branch staff feel appreciated and supported. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer group in our Village
- Linda Tedrow Ingram